West with the Night

By Beryl Markham
Read by Anna Fields

8.95 Hours 04/01/2005 unabridged
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This beautifully written autobiography brings us the remarkable life story of Beryl Markham, the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west. Brought up on a farm in Kenya, Markham chose to stay in Africa when, at seventeen, her father lost their farm and went to Peru. She began an apprenticeship as a racehorse trainer which turned into a highly successful career. In her twenties, Markham gave up horses for airplanes and became the first woman in East Africa to be granted a commercial pilot’s license, piloting passengers and supplies in a small plane to remote corners of Africa. As rich and inspiring as when it was first written, West with the Night captures the spirit of a true pioneer woman.

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Summary

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This beautifully written autobiography brings us the remarkable life story of Beryl Markham, the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west. Brought up on a farm in Kenya, Markham chose to stay in Africa when, at seventeen, her father lost their farm and went to Peru. She began an apprenticeship as a racehorse trainer which turned into a highly successful career. In her twenties, Markham gave up horses for airplanes and became the first woman in East Africa to be granted a commercial pilot’s license, piloting passengers and supplies in a small plane to remote corners of Africa.

As rich and inspiring as when it was first written, West with the Night captures the spirit of a true pioneer woman.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Did you read Beryl Markham’s book, West with the Night?…She has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer…I wish you would get it and read it because it is really a bloody wonderful book.” Ernest Hemingway, in a letter to Maxwell Perkins
“Much more than a pilot’s memoir, West with the Night is a wise, funny, and inspiring exploration of a life well lived.” Nation
“In a memoir almost lyrical in quality, Beryl Markham shares the story of her remarkable life…Markham’s rich and poetic passages are deftly caressed by narrator Anna Fields…Especially notable are Fields’ portrayal of Africans, her wistful humor, and her reverence for nature.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Beryl Markham

Beryl Markham (1902–1986), born in England, was taken by her father to East Africa in 1906. She spent her childhood playing with native Maruni children and apprenticing with her father as a trainer and breeder of racehorses. In the 1930s, she became an African bush pilot, and in September 1936, became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 8.95
Audience: Adult
Language: English